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Everyday foods that can kill

11/27/12 | by Ajit | Categories: Diseases


Almonds: Just like cashew nuts, almonds too are considered to be extremely poisonous if not treated before consumption. In the crude form these nuts are exposed to heat in order to make them edible.

Cashew: Raw cashews contain urushiol, which is a poisonous chemical that can lead to death of a person. The ones that are available in the market are not in their raw form as they are steamed before being packed for consumption.

Potatoes: One of the most commonly eaten vegetable across the world, a potato plant is actually poisonous. Everything except the bulbs, that we consume, is extremely harmful. If you consume the leaves of the potato plant in surfeit quantities it can prove to be fatal.

Mushrooms: Toadstools are poisonous mushrooms that must not be eaten. Mushrooms that are found in the wild are the harmful ones and can cause grave damage to the body. However, you must take note of the fact that not all mushrooms are poisonous.

Rhubarb: Rhubarb is a plant with edible and flavorsome stems which are used as a part of a number of desserts. However the leaves of this plant contain an acid which is very harmful in nature.
Being observant about the quality and nature of food you consume is particularly imperative. Having complete knowledge and information about unusual foods is another important point to be taken care of.

Cherries: The tiny little red fruit is enjoyed by most people and used in a number of ways. However, the seed of the cherry is poisonous in nature. It releases hydrogen cyanide in your body. You might feel uneasy, dizzy or even vomit. Extreme reactions include convulsions, kidney failure and heart related problems.

Apple seeds
: The fruit that actually keeps the doctor away has poisonous seeds that contain cyanide. However, the level of cyanide is low and does not cause extreme reactions. But health experts do not recommend eating apple seeds.


Top tips to beat acidity

11/23/12 | by Ajit | Categories: Diseases

Most people suffer from acidity these days but the good news is that it is a completely reversible condition. Here are a few tips to beat it!

Are your eating habits irregular? Do you eat out a lot? Do you love spicy food? And have you been experiencing burning sensations in the throat, gas formation, sour taste in your mouth and fatigue? Chances are that you are suffering from acidity.

What causes acidity?
Acidity is caused when the digestive juices produced in our stomach are not utilised completely. In fact the acid helps digest food we eat. However, when there isn’t enough food for digestion or if there is an over production of this acid, you will experience acidity pangs.
In addition, acidity may also be due to eating a meal filled with either sugar or spices, stress, lack of exercise or long gaps between two meals. In most cases, the main trigger for acidity is the food we eat and our eating habits.
Though acidity is one of the most common problems faced by most of us, preventing acidity from occurring is very simple. Here are a few tricks which will help you beat acidity!
Eat at regular intervals
Always eat in small portions. Instead of one heavy breakfast, break it down into two portions and eat it at two-hour intervals. This way, your stomach is neither too full nor completely empty.

Fruits and veggies
Eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and whole wheat grains as this will increase the amount of fibre you consume. The fibre in your food will absorb the extra acid produced in your stomach and also discard it out of your body. Fruits such as bananas, papayas, cucumbers and watermelons go a long way in relieving acidity. Also, dry fruits like raisins, dried figs and almonds help in easing heartburns and the burning sensation in your stomach. Eat more vegetables like drumsticks, beans, pumpkin, cabbage, carrot and spring onions.

Drink water
Drink warm water first thing in the morning. This is said to flush out the excess acid which gets accumulated in your stomach through the night. In addition, drinking tender coconut water three times a day will also help you fight acidity.

Sip milk
If you are suffering from acidity, sip cold milk frequently as milk is an acidity buster and it helps in stabilizing the gastric acids. But, do not think eating ice cream is as same as drinking cold milk. Actually the cream and sugar in the ice cream will just aggravate the acidity.

Chew on tulsi
When you are suffering from heartburns, pop in a few tulsi leaves and chew on them for a while. This can give you instant relief. Also, mint leaves are said to be equally effective. Boil mint leaves in a bowl of water and sip it frequently. This too helps relieve you from acidity.

Now you know the reason behind the sauf served in restaurants. It not just helps in digestion but is also great for those suffering from acidity. For best results, soak one teaspoon of sauf in one cup of boiled water overnight. Strain this water, add a teaspoon of honey to it and sip on it through the day.

Chew gum
Chewing sugarless gum is said to help in reducing heartburn. Chewing gum produces more saliva, and the alkaline properties in the saliva neutralise the acid.
In addition to above tips:
• Try and avoid eating out often, eating fatty, oily food and too many chocolates.
• Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day.
• Say a big ‘NO’ to cigarettes!
• Use an extra pillow while lying down, so that your head is slightly elevated. The elevated position helps the acid to remain inside the stomach, instead of moving into the esophagus.
• Make sure that you have dinner at least two hours before your bedtime as this helps keep acidity at bay.

Glow your skin

11/10/12 | by Ajit | Categories: Diseases

While you spruce up your home and shop till you drop in these hectic days before Diwali, do spend some time on yourself too. Remember to drink water to keep your skin hydrated and stay away from heavy food for that flawless and glowing skin, say experts.

Sachin Dhawan, director and consultant dermatologist of Skin n Smiles, emphasises on adequate water intake and controlled consumption of fried food. “People get so busy with the preparations that they forget to have water. That should not be the case. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. It clears up your skin and gives a healthy glow,” Dhawan told IANS. Skin gets dry and dull during the festive season. “Therefore, don’t forget to moisturise your skin. Eating fried food promotes breakouts and dull skin. So if you can’t resist, limit the intake,” he added.

Another option is homemade face packs or masks, a natural way to get smooth, supple and glowing skin. Sangeeta Amladi, head, medical services at Kaya Skin Clinic, doles out some handy tips.

“Tomato mask is for oily skin. Mash up a ripe tomato and leave it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.”

“Banana mask is for dry skin. Again mash up a ripe banana, add some honey and apply it on your face and neck. Keep it for 15 minutes and rinse with water.

“One can also use honey mask. Apply pure honey on your face and neck. Allow it to set until dry, say, for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.”

Renowned beauty expert Shahnaz Husain too stresses on fruit packs. “They can also be applied daily. Mix grated apple with ripe papaya pulp and mashed banana. Yogurt or lemon juice can be added to the mixture. Mix it and apply it on your face and leave it for half an hour. Wash it off with plain water. It not only adds a glow but also removes tan and softens the skin,” said Husain.

At this time of the year skin care is important not just for the festival sake but also due to change in weather. People face problems like tight, red or itchy skin. To nourish the skin, experts prescribe oil-based moisturisers and bathing oils.

“Look for an oil-based moisturiser rather using water-based. Oil protects skin and retains more moisture than a cream. Primrose and avocado oils are great for skin. Also, use exfoliates to get the dead skin off periodically, so that the moisturiser can sink in,” said Divita Kanoria, chief wellness officer, The Vedic Collection.

A good body scrub and facial exfoliate can help remove dead skin cells. “This once a week cleansing routine will make you feel fresh and the skin will be free from dry cells. A few drops of almond and essential bath oils into your everyday bath can help in nourishing your skin,” she added.

When nothing works, one can hide behind makeup but pick your beauty products with care, suggests Simal Soin, dermatologist at the capital-based Three Graces. And look out for quality rather than brands. “In the festive season, opt for waterproof mascara, eyeliner and transfer-resistant lipsticks so that the makeup doesn’t smudge and stain.”

“Wash and cleanse the face and rub ice cube for few minutes to lower the sweating so that the makeup stays for longer time. Highlight the eyes with pastel colours. Pink and lighter shades of brown will enhance the beauty this season,” she added.


Home remedies to cure indigestion

11/08/12 | by Ajit | Categories: Diseases

Most people are known to overeat, especially when the food is irresistibly delicious. So occasions like parties, weddings, friends’ birthday treats or simply trying out new restaurants are some of the many occasions where one tends to overeat.

But hogging all that yummy food also gives one the problem of indigestion. Indigestion also known as dyspepsia occurs when the digestive juices in the stomach are not secreted properly and as a result causes one discomfort. Here are some remedies for digestion:

- One of the most common remedies is to take two spoons of lime and ginger juice, and honey mixed in a glass of warm water, after your heavy-duty meal.

- Add a teaspoon of roasted and ground coriander seeds to a glass of butter milk and have it.

- Munching a teaspoon of aniseed after your meal, will provide relief.

- Another effective remedy is to have a teaspoon of ajwain seeds along with a pinch of black salt.

- Mix a teaspoon of roasted cumin or jeera powder in a glass of water and drink it.

- Drinking green tea or herbal tea after your meal is a great way to aid in digestion.

- Drink a glass of water to which a few drops of peppermint extract has been added.

- Add about two teaspoons of coriander juice to a glass of buttermilk. Drinking this will provide relief.

- If you know that you are planning to pig out for a meal, chew on some fresh ginger slices with a pinch of salt. Doing this will help stimulate the digestive juices.

- Place a packet of ice over your stomach to seek relief.

- Add about a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water and drink it. This is known to provide instant relief.


How to Prevent Cancer Naturally

11/04/12 | by Ajit | Categories: Diseases

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death these days. It is a disease which causes the cells to divide and grow uncontrollably which leads to the formation of a tumour. The causes of cancer can be multifarious but this disease is predominantly caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. Read on to find more about various natural ways that can help you prevent cancer.
1. Eat Broccoli
Broccoli is one of the superfoods which can help you effectively prevent cancer. However, it is not recommended to microwave broccoli as it destroys its anticarcinogenic flavonoids. It is best to boil broccoli or eat it raw as a snack.

2. Add Garlic to Your Meals
Garlic has very powerful antioxidant properties. It also strengthens the immune system and helps to prevent cancer. Various studies have shown that garlic can exponentially decrease the odds of stomach cancer.

3. Get Some Exercise
An inactive lifestyle with no exercise can drastically increase the odds of cancer. Regular exercise strengthens the immune system and helps in the regulation of chemicals, enzymes and hormones in the body.

Fun alternatives to regular exercise

Yoga: With its roots in the Vedic Scriptures of Ancient India, yoga is the most indigenous form of alternative exercise. Practiced by yogis during the Puranictimes, these exercises rely on specific body postures to activate the core energy chakras and help energise the body from within. While building up strength and flexibility, it renders great agility to physical movements. It’s effects manifest themselves not only in muscular formation and physical strength, but also in keeping ailments away. Yoga is the unanimous exercise for all-round fitness.

4. Sleep Soundly
The human body requires a minimum of 8 hours of sleep to regulate all of its functions properly. Regular sleep helps in maintaining a healthy endocrine system and its ability to fight cancer. It is also essential to sleep in complete darkness to promote a healthy endocrine system.

5. Steer Clear of Carcinogens
It is quite obvious that to prevent cancer, you need to strictly avoid all things that can cause cancer. Alcohol, cigarettes and other recreational drugs are among the top causes of cancer.

6. Avoid Processed Foods
Numerous studies have shown that processed foods and sugar can significantly increase the risk of cancer. Maintaining a healthy diet rich in all nutrients and supplements is one of the basic steps to fight cancer.

7. Drink Red Wine
Red wine is made from skin of grapes which contains resveratrol and other phytochemicals that have antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. Researches show that a glass of wine a day can prevent a wide range of cancers like leukaemia, skin as well as breast cancer.

8. Reduce Hazardous Interactions
There are a variety of environmental factors that can cause cancer. Radiation from mobile phones and other electronic devices can increase the chances of cancer. Limit your exposure to the minimum to combat cancer.

9. Eat Dark Chocolate
Flavonoids like pentamer, present in cocoa, has cancer-fighting properties. Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa and is certainly one of the tastiest ways to help you stay away from cancer.
Pollution, radiations and bad living habits pave the way for various kinds of cancer. To effectively combat cancer, adopt a way of living that is pure and simple.


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